Short Term Complications – Gastric Bypass

While things can go terribly wrong after gastric bypass surgery, this is very uncommon and is only a serious concern for patients who are at high risk for surgery due to advanced age, a heart condition, severe diabetes or limited mobility.  Pregnancy and childbirth carry a similar risk of death to gastric bypass surgery for normal risk patients. While the risk of serious complications runs between 2-3% for most patients, these complications are typically straightforward problems that can be very frightening, but are rarely life threatening.  While most patients’ fears of dying on the operating room table or ending up in the Intensive Care Unit for months are understandable, these are extremely uncommon events. When you examine your risks closely, most patients have a decreased risk of death after surgery when the results are averaged over three to five years.  While the surgery carries a small risk up front, the benefits of the procedure will decrease your risk of dying from other causes over the long run.

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    1. No, there is no website that’s available to the public, but there should be… The best way is to ask him or her. Here are some guidelines for what reasonable percentages are:
      Leak rate: <1%
      30 day reoperation rate: <2%
      30 day hospital re-admission rate: <6%

      Also asking about number of bariatric cases per year is important, 100 per year as a minimum, >200 is ideal.


    Dear Dr Weiner. Congratulations for both courses. They are really usefull.
    This is Joana from Barcelona. I am 51 years old I have been after gastric bypass 9 months ago. I have move from 34 to 24 BMI without any problem at all.My question is related the menopause . Although I am 51 I was very regular but my bleeding period stops suddenly after surgery and It have never comeback. My endocrinology told me that probably I am now at menopause period ( oestrogens are sometimes accumulated in the fat and after losing fat I have lost my oestrogens , she said to me). Have you seen this in your patients? I was wondering If you could give any diet recommendation. Thank you in advance. My best regards. JOANA

  2. Yes, I have seen this and I agree with your endocrinologist. My diet recommendation is to follow the pound of cure program, ideally, the metabolic reset diet (Nutrition Course #2). It probably won’t restore your menstrual cycle, but it is the best to help you maintain your weight loss.

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